I'd probably consider the Suzuki DL1000.../QUOTE]
Second that, Mike, but with the yet-to-become-available 2014 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 ABS, due for release early 2014, I read. Actually it's 1037cc bike, significantly upgraded from the previous model (again, so I read).
It looks very much like a GS (from side on) which would suit my preference for something a bit 'quirky', and I do like the Candy Daring Red colour, with the red 'beak' being matched by red inserts in and around the tank. Smart!
Specs suggest it will be a good performer, maybe not quite as accomplished off-road as a GS, but pretty close. For me, tarmac only, so that would make no difference.
OK - it has a chain, but that would appear the only downgrade to an R - but again, it will be $000s cheaper than an R.
It will be very interesting to read early road-test results and reviews.
Now - if only I was planning/ hoping/ intending to get back into the saddle...!
L of S
Mike, I liked the K16GT so much, I bought it! It is a beast. In a continuing motorcycle education, the R12R was my undergraduate degree. Hopefully, the K16GT turns out to be a master's.Great - looking forward to reading your report. Apparently we both have impeccable taste. ;-)